Athletes Inspire on The North Face Speaker Series

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The North Face Speaker Series will be taking place from September 15 through November 10. The series, presented by Gore-Tex and sponsored by Primaloft, brings outdoor outdoor athletes and their stories to stops around the nation.

Fifty percent of the theater seats will be free on a first-come-first-served basis and can be secured online. Guaranteed seating can be purchased for $8 as well as $20 VIP reception tickets which include preferred seating, a meet and greet with the athlete, food, and drinks. All proceeds from the VIP ticket sales will go to a local nonprofit.

Among the speakers are:

Dean Karnazes who ran 50 marathons in 50 states in just 50 days. The ultramarathoner made it onto Time Magazine's list of 100 most Influential People in the World. He tries to inspire others to pursue physical fitness as well, even if its not running 350 miles nonstop.

Cory Richards is an alpinist and photographer and videographer who will recount his winter summit of the Himalayan peak Gasherbrum II. He successfully completed the first ever winter ascent of the 8035 meter peak despite cold and blizzards.

Karina Hollekim was a successful BASE jumper and extreme skier until 2006 when her life was changed by a leg shattering aerial accident. Now, 20 surgeries later and after relearning how to walk Hollekim is skiing again, training and writing an autobiography.

Diane Van Deren also overcame incredible odds to become a remarkable athlete. After spending ten years afflicted with epilepsy she underwent brain surgery that suppressed the seizures. She is an accomplished ultramarathoner, winning the 2009 Yukon Ultra, a 430 foot race across frozen wilderness. Most recently she's begun mountaineering and climbed South America's tallest peak, Aconcagua. During the ascent researchers affixed wires to Van Deren and monitored her movements to see what gives her such unparalleled athleticism.

These are but a few of the speakers featured on the tour. Following the presentations there will be an interactive question-and-answer portion. The full list and tour dates are available at

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